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Simplify Your Holiday Shopping with Florida In-Store Pickup!

searsblog1 The holidays seem to be busiest time of the year. Between shopping, untangling lights, wrapping (or unwrapping) and baking dozens of cookies, your regular life doesn’t press pause. You can only read so many articles on ‘holiday hacks’ before you realize that unlike the miracle of Santa getting down a chimney, there is no Christmas miracle for making the holidays less busy.

You can, however, find little ways to relieve the stress and smile more. One way I’ve found is using free in store pickup for your holiday shopping. Both Sears and Kmart offer free in store pickup, letting you shop thousands of gifts online in the comfort of your own home before picking up your items in store in 5 minutes guaranteed (or whenever you’re ready).

With in store pickup you’ll avoid lines, busy stores and the wasted time of walking down every aisle. The bow on top: You can have a friend or relative pick up your order and pay in store with cash, if you prefer. Now it’s no question that you should try free in store pickup at Sears or Kmart but there’s now a question of, what will you do with more free time over the holidays?kmartblog1

A few ideas include: volunteering at a shelter, making gingerbread houses with the kids or simply putting your feet up and enjoying the view of the Christmas tree. Learn more at Sears: and Kmart:

Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears and Kmart. All opinions expressed here are my own.

My Designer Discount Shopping Florida Fave: Ross Dress For Less!

Readers of my blog know that I can’t stand paying full price.  My policy is that an item must be on sale for 75% to 90% off retail for me to purchase it.  I often shop at malls and check out the department stores and boutiques to try on the latest fashions, but I only buy at a mall when there’s a BIG sale.  My favorite kinds of sales are when stores offer an additional % off already marked down prices.

That kind of sale is hard to find at a mall, so I do most of my shopping at off-price stores like Marshalls, TJMaxx, and my favorite, Ross Dress for Less.  We have LOTS Of Ross stores here in Florida, and they’ve been opening up a lot of new stores lately.  They’re usually found in strip malls next to major shopping malls, and are always worth the trip. Want to see what kinds of awesome things you can find at Ross?  All of these photos show my family and me wearing or using items that I purchased at Ross over the years.

I’ve found that prices at Ross are usually at least 10% cheaper for the same items compared to Marshalls and TJMaxx.  Ross is my go-to for things like undershirts, dress shirts, and ties for my husband.  I also learned from a good friend of mine who is a professional chef that Ross has the highest quality housewares of the off-price stores.  She’s right- after she told me that I started looking and have found lots of nice pieces for baking, cooking, and entertaining from major companies at miniscule prices.

But let’s be honest- what keeps me coming to Ross is two things that I LOVE to shop for:  shoes and dresses.  The shoe selection is incredible, with super-low prices that make a pair of new shoes feel less like a splurge and more like a smart decision.  I find at least 50% of the dresses I wear on a daily basis to teach at the university at Ross.  They have lots of high quality designer sheath dresses and beautiful fun summery dresses that are perfect for Florida.  I always check the Clearance rack and have found amazing dresses there for under $10.  I love the treasure hunt shopping aspect of Ross, and now I’d like to share it with my readers by giving away a $25 Ross gift card!!

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Good luck readers! I look forward to announcing the winner and sending their prize!  PLEASE NOTE:  I received a $25 gift card for myself and for the contest winner from Ross Dress For Less.

Silver Sands Outlet Mall In Destin, Florida- The Ultimate Shopping & Beach Day!

The Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Destin is one of my favorite shopping spots for many reasons, but the most wonderful one is location. It’s right across the street from the gorgeous Emerald Coast, so close that you can smell the sea air while you’re shopping.  A trip to Destin is the ultimate way to combine my three passions- shopping, gelato and beach trips!

Even without the beachside setting, this Florida outlet mall has a lot to recommend it. There is a good selection of over 100 outlets, with an excellent mixture of high-end designers and mid-priced retailers.  And Silver Sands Outlets makes it easy to enjoy a shopping day with the family, with convenient parking and a very cool playground for the kids!

Must-Visit Shops

In addition to the outlet staples like Nike, Reebok, Gap, Banana Republic, they have some of the harder to find shops. The Juicy Couture, Tumi, and Michael Kors outlets are popular new additions to the center. They also have a Bare Escentuals outlet: this is the company that makes the amazing Bare Minerals makeup, and they offer some great deals here.

The Coach store is always popular, and the Destin location is stocked with many items from the full-price stores at serious markdowns. If you’re looking for watches, make sure to check out the Fossil store.   They carry not only Fossil watches but also Michael Kors, Emporio Armani and Burberry timepieces at excellent prices.


Amazing Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet

My favorite Silver Sands store is the Off Fifth Saks Fifth Avenue. It’s HUGE: two full levels of shopping space, and chock-full of designer deals. I’ve visited Off Fifth stores all over the U.S., and this one DEFINITELY offers the best values anywhere.  You can score some especially great bargains if you go in the wintertime.  Winter is the off-season for Destin, so the merchandise doesn’t move as quickly and therefore gets seriously discounted. They have a high-end designer section where I’ve bought a Giuseppe Armani jacket, a Burberry skirt, a Valentino dress, and some St. John dress pants, all for under $50 each. It’s really worth your while to dig through all of the clearance racks, especially when they are marked an extra 50% off, because the markdowns are really extreme at this store, and you can get unheard-of deals on some great wardrobe pieces.

Best Outlet Mall Food Anywhere!

If you’re shopping at Silver Sands Outlet Mall, be sure to stop in for lunch or a snack at San Gelato Cafe. This chic little eatery serves delicious panini sandwiches, salads, and coffee drinks. But the real draw is their handmade gelato, and it’s the real thing, just like you get in Italy. Real gelato can be very hard to find in Florida, and an outlet mall is the last place I’d expect to track it down, but here it is, and it’s amazing!  And one more tip- be sure to go online to the Silver Sands Outlet Mall website before your trip to print out a voucher for a free coupon book. There’s some great coupons in there to make your shopping score in Destin even better!